Robert Griffin III played rusty for three quarters. The game was moving too fast for him and he lacked chemistry with his receivers and running back, Alfred Morris. Morris lacked chemistry with his offensive line, and this is the first time every piece of the offensive-unit played together in live-game action since January.
While all of these things may be true, at what point does Washington run out of excuses for their disappointing 33-27 home defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night.
Sure, rust could have been a factor in a couple of inaccurate throws from Griffin, but it's not the reason he threw a ball into triple coverage that resulted in an interception. That was just a bad decision.
Maybe chemistry caused Griffin and Morris to be a step off on a missed pitch in the end-zone that resulted in a safety, but Morris still should have caught the ball; and that doesn't excuse him from another fumble earlier in the game.
The way this offense performed last season makes it easy to call this game an aberration, but at some point you have to call a spade a spade, and a bad overall team performance is what this was.
When asked about whether missing the preseason effected his performance, RGIII called that an excuse. "I'm responsible for the way I play and I didn't play very well in the first half... I'm not [going to] sit here and say I was rusty, you know, I got to be accountable and I'm [going to be] accountable for that."
You have to respect Griffin for taking the lead in being accountable, and his second half was a lot better but only after he threw a second interception in the third quarter that resulted in an incredible 34-yard touchdown run by LeSean McCoy.
Once Philadelphia got up 33-7, they played more passive on defense as opposed to the aggressive way they initially were playing.
Washington's defense on the other hand, became the first victim of Chip Kelly's new offense.
A unit that already has questions in the secondary played without starting safety Brandon Meriweather. They looked outmatched and couldn't get a consistent pass-rush on Michael Vick who went 15-25 for 203 yards and two touchdowns.
McCoy rushed for 184 yards, basically going untouched with sharp cuts and smooth acceleration.
Once Philadelphia got a size-able lead, Washington was basically forced to abandon the running game which played into the Eagles plans to tire the opposing defense.
Morris carried the ball just 12 times for 45 yards while Griffin threw the ball 49 times.
RGIII wont make any excuses as he expects the offense to even out and improve as the season goes on, but with the team traveling to Green Bay on Sunday to play against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, the same can't be said about the defense.